Wenda Young


Wenda Young grew up in Ontario, but settled in Nova Scotia in 1976. She has taught kids in nursery school, elementary school and university. Now she writes fiction for young adults. To keep current with teen culture, she draws on the expertise of several consultants, aged thirteen to eighteen. She’s fascinated by the choices young people must make as they face the challenges that forge personality into character. Wenda is married and has a daughter and a son, both adults. Her novel Angels in the Snow was published by Coteau Books in September 1998, and was a finalist for the 1999 Ann Connor Brimer Award.



Finalist for the 1999 Ann Connor Brimer Award; ‘Angels in the Snow’

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for participant-to-participant feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca